Join Isabel Romero as she shares her journey in health, fitness and mental wellness. Her goal is to serve as an inspiration to others by helping all her readers achieve their personal best.
Have you ever wondered what your loved ones would write in your obituary? An obituary is meant to capture a deceased person’s life in its entirety in only a few sentences. Very difficult to do!
I want to live my life as though I am writing my own obituary.
You are probably thinking “what the heck is she talking about?”. Here it is. You need to clearly define who you want to be during this life that you’ve been given. You need to think about what type of legacy you want to leave for yourself. After you are gone, what do you want people to remember the most about you? Whatever that is, put it into action now.
About 2 years ago, I went to a course called “Bell Leadership”. Although it’s an honor to attend, most people consider it to be downright brutal because it makes you analyze yourself with a critical eye. Part of the process is that they send a very long, in-depth questionnaire to about 20 people in your life—people you work with, family members, classmates, etc. It is completely anonymous and so you have no idea who said what about you, and therefore the person filling it out feels safe in being completely honest with their answers. Getting this feedback is the part of the 3 day course when people usually break down. You actually look around the room and see people sobbing at their desks because it’s hard for a lot of people to face reality. I, myself, had mixed emotions.
A lot of it was good, and I am lucky that apparently a few people didn’t list a “weakness”. However… was still tough to look at initially. I use the list of weaknesses once in a while to try and better myself. Really made me analyze the type of person I am and how others perceive me. A huge lesson I have learned over the years is that even when you have the BEST of intentions, the way that someone else views your actions may be quite different.
It is not your job to sit here every day and analyze what people think of you and try to be amazing to everyone everyday—you would simply go nuts! BUT, I think it’s extremely important to live your life to the fullest by being the type of person that you would want to be remembered as. And it has to be sincere. When you are long gone, what do you want people to say about you? What type of person do you want to be? What type of legacy do you want to leave?
Take a few minutes and write your own obituary. It has to be as honest and as realistic as possible. Then try to live that life that you envision.
Peace, love, health and happiness,